2023 Toyota GR Corolla First Drive Review: The Hot Hatch That Left Us Trembling

2023 Toyota GR Corolla First Drive Review: The Hot Hatch That Left Us Trembling



The GR Corolla is not what we’d call a “cheap” car, but given the performance and standard features, the pricing seems fair. Toyota priced the base Core Grade at $35,900, about the same price as a mid-level Golf GTI or Subaru WRX, though the former is only front-wheel drive. This grade is available with a $1,180 Performance Package (limited-slip differentials and larger brakes), a $770 Technology Package (navigation, JBL audio, and a wireless charger), and a $500 Cold Weather Package (heated seats and steering wheel). Even fully loaded, the GR Corolla rings in under $40,000. Comparatively, a Golf R starts at $44,290 and is nowhere near as fun.The Circuit Edition, which is only available for the 2023 model year, costs $42,900. Unless you really want the carbon roof and interior upgrades, we think the Core is better value. The Morizo is limited to only 200 units per year, each priced at $49,900. That’s a huge amount to pay for a Corolla, but we promise the driving experience is worth the price. A six-cylinder GR Supra starts at $52,500, and we had more fun driving the Morizo, which is also a two-seater.If you are in the market for a hot hatchback, the GR Corolla is currently at the top of our recommendations. Now, let’s see if Honda can strike back.